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Title: Dark Liaisons IV
Disclaimer: I do not own Les Liaisons Dangereuses or Star Wars.
Characters: Count Dooku, Palpatine, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1,380
Summary: Count Dooku's happiness and Master Yoda recieves a disturbing letter from the Chancellor.
Author's Note: Fighting my addiction to strategy games, I managed to type this out.
Previous Chapter(s):
DARK LIAISONS IDARK LIAISONS II, DARK LIAISONS III 

Count Dooku to Chancellor Palpatine –

Much as I admire and cherish your friendship, dear sir, you are jealous of any pleasure that is not of your own making – that is your trouble. You are only content to bless what you yourself have engineered. Grant your old friend a little of your fabled magnanimity, I entreat you, and take pride in my success! Perhaps love is dull to those whom it does not touch, but those who bask in its rays are never wearied by them. He loves me, though in vain he pretends to hide it. We, who have both been in mourning – I for my apprentice, and he for his master – have found one another at last. You rebuke me for the length it has taken me to bring my affaires to this happy point, but I have never tasted pleasure such as I have experienced with this slow seduction. I love to watch this careful knight engaged, without realising it, along a path from which there is no return. His caution and adroitness do, of course, mean that he takes smaller steps, but taken they must be, one after the other. Sometimes, not daring to face the truth of our attachment, he shuts his eyes and lets himself go, abandoning his reserve to my tender care. Oh, surely you – of all mortals – appreciate hours spent observing the touching struggle between love and virtue.

Forgive me if I have neglected our correspondence. For the first time in many years I feel a great passion for hope, as if young Obi-Wan and myself could shift the galaxy. I shall soon approach him about leaving the Order, and I am certain he must join me and together we will destroy the malign forces that conspire to destroy the Republic from both within and without. He must recognise that the Jedi are not capable of taking the kind of action that is needed to revive or repudiate this ailing era. My love’s apprentice is the Chosen One. You know I have long been a student of the prophecies and I trusted Qui-Gon Jinn’s judgement and approved Obi-Wan’s decision to train the boy, as my old pupil would have wished. I know you have great influence over Skywalker, with whom you are presently amusing yourself, and I wonder if we three might likewise persuade him to forget his Jedi chains which keep him from Senator Amidala and cause him to embrace a new path, free of such restraints?  I have already approached my old friend Sifo-Dyas, who has his own ideas about preserving the Republic in these shadowed times. We shall be a new order of knightly princes, above the sordid inertia of the Jedi, and many will flock to our cause – I promise you! The Republic shall not fall to the Sith, of that you may rest assured.

Instead of adieu, esteemed friend, I shall say au revior, etc…


Chancellor Palpatine to Master Yoda –

Your Grace, I write to you in the strictest confidence for advice, for I confess I have arrived – not without embarrassment in this late stage of my life – to a difficulty requiring your wise and prescient assistance, and which I am quite helpless to resolve alone. You know I look upon Padawan Skywalker as something of the son I never had, and it is my dearest wish that he become the great sorcerer he is clearly destined to be. Forgive me, is that the word – sorcerer? I have so little knowledge of these matters.

To that end, as you know, I have set myself the task to make you aware of the situation between Padawan Skywalker and Senator Amidala. I beg your understanding for what I am about to confess, for the young senator was once my queen and Anakin the hero of my home planet. You, with all your venerable years, will surely comprehend the affection and trust which led me to such an unfortunate error.

The Trade Federation have long been seeking to end Amidala’s life, desiring to revenge themselves upon her for liberating our people. She came to me in despair over the death of one of her handmaidens, killed in place of her by a bounty-hunter in the pay of the viceroy. I had received intelligence that another attempt was likely to be made and I could think of no one better to protect her than her old friend, Anakin Skywalker, who was fortuitously awaiting an appointment in my antechamber. You must understand that there was a danger she might be attacked at any moment. Both of them had assured me that their feelings for one other were quite proper and – having previously had long discussions with Anakin about the principles of his life as a Jedi – I deemed it a welcome weight from my mind to grant the poor senator such an able padawan's assistance.

This morning Anakin reported to me that some kind of deadly larvae had been slipped into Padmé Amidala’s boudoir and onto her sheets in the middle of the night but fortunately, thanks to his vigilance, they were gotten rid of before the senator came to harm. You understand my considerable relief and dismay at such a statement! I do not know what to do. I wish to both secure the safety and happiness of the senator of Naboo, and to guide Anakin away from this infatuation which threatens his true calling. You cannot imagine what I feel at the depths of my miscalculation. My only consolation is in Anakin's thwarting the designs of whatever mercenary attempted to assassinate the senator. 

Would it be possible, perhaps, to recall Master Kenobi from his current mission and send another Jedi in his place? He is Anakin’s master, and his moderating influence and example would surely do much to disciple the young man’s impulsive nature. You know I have no wish to interfere in matters which are the sole purview of the Jedi Council, but it is my dearest wish that Anakin should achieve all that you and I both know him to be fit for, so I beg you to intercede and appoint another to whatever task keeps Master Kenobi from his padawan.

For all that you and the Jedi have done for me and my people I am grateful and, rest assured, I shall be sensible of such a debt forever, regardless of the course you and the Council choose to take on this particular matter.

Yours Sincerely,
His Excellency, Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, etc…


Count Dooku to Chancellor Palpatine –

When last I wrote to you, you were the recipient of the confidences of a man who thought himself victorious. Yet now, it is only a few days since my last epistle was sent and I am reeling in defeat. My bird has flown back to his nest! It’s true that for these past weeks I have been in the grip of an adolescent passion I no longer felt myself capable of. I was full of love, for my cherished one and the galaxy. But now that love has given way to fury. That villainous, green mountebank, Master Yoda, recalled my beloved and the work of weeks was undone in a matter of moments!  I swear I shall revenge myself upon that unspeakable little sack of aphorisms! Just when I thought myself free of his sanctimonious instructions, he rips my protégé from my very bosom. 

I need your counsel, my dear friend, to make Kenobi see that his duty lies with me and the galaxy, not the narrow-minded Council. I thought my seduction impeccable, but it seems I have much still to learn. I swear Obi-Wan is in despair as much as I, but he has not the confidence of years as we do; the experience to go his own way in the face of his conditioning. And who is his replacement but the awful Master Windu? I am awash with rage. Mock your erring pupil if you wish, but I swear I shall not be ungrateful. The pride of the counts of Serenno may be wounded, but our loyalty is certain. Instruct me and I shall obey. I know your devious-devising mind would adore becoming more my creditor than ever before. I will be your princely knight still and undertake whatever quest you assign, if only you would use your influence in my favour.

Au revoir, dear friend, I am en route to Coruscant as we speak – I have no wish to wait in my chateau for the visitation of my love’s odious replacement. 

Date: 2011-11-09 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darth-eldritch.livejournal.com
Exquisite.

It folds into canon so well!

Date: 2011-11-09 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-little-owl.livejournal.com
LOL. Poor Count Doocu, to have Obi-Wan replaced by Master Windu!

And I love the description of Master Yoda as unspeakable little sack of aphorisms!

Date: 2011-11-10 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noctaval.livejournal.com
I love this, and seeing all the sides of the story here~ <3

Date: 2011-11-10 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyncatastrophe.livejournal.com
Hehehehehe. This is, of course, delightfully parodic while at the same time playing weirdly straight. I enjoyed it enormously. More soon?

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